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Braces are made from metal brackets, wires, and other various pieces of orthodontic hardware. They are installed into your mouth to gradually realign your teeth by applying progressive tension to the periodontal ligaments that are anchoring each tooth in its socket. Some people feel apprehensive about having braces visible in their smile. One simple way to fix this is to have your orthodontist, Dr. Christopher Liang, apply ceramic braces to your smile.

These are just like traditional wire and bracket braces only the hardware has been glazed with a ceramic material that can be shaded to perfectly match your natural tooth enamel.

Just like any style of braces, if you develop cavities on multiple teeth or if some part of your braces is damaged, it could increase the total duration of time needed to achieve your ideal smile. With that in mind, Dr. Christopher Liang offers these basic tips to help maintain ceramic braces.

Your braces and teeth will need to be brushed twice a day. You should then floss your teeth each night. If you’re having issues cleaning hard-to-reach places, you might want to try getting interdental brushes and a floss threader loaded with waxed dental floss.

Some foods and activities that could pose a threat to your ceramic braces include chewing gum and eating sticky foods because the products can easily get stuck in the wires and bands, causing damage or even breaking something loose. This also goes for crunching down on hard foods and hard candy or nibbling on foreign objects.

Natural tooth enamel is more receptive to stains than the ceramic glaze on the braces. If your teeth become stained, they might not perfectly match the shade of the ceramic coating. You can still enjoy dark beverages, but it’s best to drink them through a straw.

If you’re contemplating ceramic braces in College Park, Maryland, you should call 301-841-9348 to schedule an appointment at Straight Smile.